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our employers or co-workers gained from these accomplishments.  However, it is precisely these accomplishments which best illustrate our individual talents and problem-solving abilities.  They are immediate and concrete evidence that you can work effectively and use your skills to the best possible advantage.  

Thus, it is critical that you prepare an extensive list of accomplishments, which exemplify your talents and previous responsibilities.  A well thought out accomplishment statement will:

Help you identify the skills and traits that make you a valuable and attractive employee.

Become the basis of a strong resume.

Give you a better knowledge of your strengths which will help you further clarify your career path

Help you prepare for interviews.

Try the following exercise to help you prepare your accomplishment statements.  

Use the P-A-R sequence…

P-identify a PROBLEM you faced

A-what is the ACTION you took to improve the situation?

R-what RESULTS were you able to achieve?

Here are some typical actions and results mentioned in accomplishment statements:

Improved qualityImproved productivity and Teamwork

Increased SalesReduced operating time

Reduced costsAchieved technological breakthrough

Increased profitsEstablished an administrative process

Improved employee relationsCreated a program

You may also want to refer to the action verbs listed under “Useful Expressions and Keywords” to help you effectively describe your accomplishments.

Now, pick out four of your past accomplishments which stand out most in your mind and complete the following exercises for each accomplishment:

1.  What was the Problem?

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2.

What Action did you take to solve the problem?

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

3.

What were the Results achieved through your actions?

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Use this information to build your own set of accomplishment statements combining the PAR’s into 1 concise statement.  Take a look at the following examples:

Improved productivity 15% by introducing new procedures and equipment.

Developed and implemented marketing campaign for new sales territory.   Built new relationships in the Baltimore and Washington, DC areas generating additional sales of $10 million in 2 years.

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